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With all other armed forces having been given the Freedom of Exeter, the city today made sure it was honouring all our men and women in uniform as the RAF paraded through the streets.
Royal Air Force personnel from Brize Norton along with the regiment band took the salute in the High Street and a Hercules flew through the clouds above rain soaked onlookers.
ITV News Westcountry's reporter Seth Conway has the details.
A member of the Freedom of the City parade, which took place in Exeter today, said it was a "proud experience" to take part in the parade.
He added, "the people of Exeter were fantastic today were excellent, cheering us on the whole way".
People in the Exeter said today's Freedom of the City parade was 'important' for the RAF and the city itself.
One man told ITV News Westcountry, the people of Exeter "always turn out for these things... despite the weather!"
From today, all aspects of the Armed Forces are now honoured in Exeter as the Royal Marine Training Camp at Lympstone, the 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital (Volunteers), The Rifles and the Coldstream Guards all currently hold the Freedom of the City.
A ceremony took place today to mark the occasion including an RAF Hercules flypast and a salute taken by the Lord Mayor, speaking ahead of the ceremony he said:
"I am delighted that the City Council has decided to bestow the honour of the Freedom of the City on RAF Brize Norton."
"Whilst there is now little RAF presence in Exeter or even Devon, it is important to remember the role that the area had in history, including RAF Exeter which is now Exeter International Airport, as well as being a sound recruitment area."
More than 200 serving Airmen from RAF Brize Norton, accompanied by the Band of the RAF Regiment, took part in a parade through Exeter city centre today.
The ceremony, which marked the Freedom of the City, included an RAF Hercules flypast.
A flypast has taken place in Exeter today to mark the start of the Freedom of the City ceremony for RAF Brize Norton.
More than 200 serving Airmen from RAF Brize Norton, accompanied by the Band of the RAF Regiment, took part in a march through Exeter city centre.
After a short ceremony, the Lord Mayor handed over the Freedom of the City scroll.